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Trump and Biden meet for final debate as Americans have started casting their ballots

Some form of voting is underway in all 50 states.

Thursday’s presidential debate, the final one of the 2020 election, marks the last best chance for President Trump to make his pitch to America’s sliver of undecided voters amid trailing poll numbers in battleground states. Some form of voting is underway in all 50 states, and CBS News campaign reporter Cara Korte reports that according to the U.S. Elections Project, over 47 million votes have already been cast, of which over 33 million have been by mail and over 14 million have been in-person. CBS News campaign reporter Nicole Sganga reports Mr. Trump made the decision to pull out of the second debate after the Commission on Presidential Debates announced the forum would be held virtually following the president’s COVID-19 treatment. White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany told pool reporters Thursday afternoon that Mr. Trump tested negative for COVID-19 today, a test White House chief of staff Mark Meadows confirmed he took on the plane ride to Nashville, Tennessee.

Days before the final debate, the commission announced that each of the candidates would have two minutes of uninterrupted speaking time at the beginning of each 15-minute segment of the debate, a provision that was agreed upon by both candidates. To enforce it, the commission will mute each candidate’s mic while the other is speaking for two minutes at the beginning of each segment, so that Mr. Trump and Biden each have uninterrupted time to answer. Afterward, both mics will be turned on for open discussion.

Boarding his campaign plane en route to Nashville, Joe Biden sounded auspicious before the debate, according to CBS News campaign reporter Bo Erickson. “Hopefully he’s going to play by the rules. Hopefully everybody’s been tested. Hopefully it’s all been worked out what the rules are. We’re looking forward to it,” Biden said. The Biden campaign earlier in the day released another negative COVID-19 test result for the Democratic presidential candidate, continuing their public standard of…

Caitlin Conant

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